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What does diminished mean?
Diminished is an adjective that means made or having become smaller, fewer, or less.
Close synonyms are reduced, decreased, and lessened. A diminished interest is one that has lessened. Diminished quality means decreased quality. In law, the term diminished responsibility is used in the context of pleas that admit wrongdoing but argue that the responsibility for it is reduced due to some form of mental impairment.
Diminished is also used in more specific ways in the context of music.
Example: My diminished interest in sports is mostly due to my increased passion for other hobbies.
Where does diminished come from?
The word diminished has been used as an adjective since at least the 1400s. The verb diminish comes from a blend of the Anglo-French-derived term diminuen, meaning “to lessen” (from Latin verb dēminuere, “to make smaller”), and the archaic word minish, which means the same thing as diminish.
When used as an adjective, diminished often (though not always) implies that something has been reduced in a way that makes it worse. For example, a diminished role is a position that has been reduced in authority or responsibility in some way. A diminished reputation is one that has suffered in some way—meaning that people now think less of the person.
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Diminished is often (but not always) used in a negative way to imply that something has gotten worse.
I'm beginning to think that keeping Derek Roy in a diminished role in a contract year might not be a bad thing. #Sabres
— Kyle Shoemaker (@_Shoey) June 23, 2012
— David Youmans, MD ✭ (@DaveYoumansMD) December 14, 2017
We have lost our moral standing in the world, the example of what right looks like for equality and human rights. No amount of good economy money can buy back the country’s diminished reputation. We’ve lost diplomatic footing.
— Cooter Blue (Loser/Sucker) (@CooterBlue) March 31, 2019
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How to use diminished in a sentence
He sometimes surmised that it was because he was too outspokenly identified with the diminished liberal wing of the party.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The violence continues, but on a scale diminished since when American bases and outposts dotted the province.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is based on the chord structure of what I played before it, except that it was based on a diminished scale.
With the right person in the right job, the need for on-the-job support is diminished.Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there is no credible data yet showing that the reach of ISIS messaging has diminished.
Diminished hydrochloric acid favors intestinal putrefaction.
Factors which favor an early deposit are high acidity, diminished urinary pigments, and excessive excretion of uric acid.
They often appear in digestive disturbances, in neurasthenia, and when the oxidizing power of the system is diminished.
In pernicious anemia they are always greatly diminished, and an increase should exclude the diagnosis of this disease.
And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be diminished, and be dried up.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various